Iowa - Fast Facts & Trivia

Harvesting corn in Linn County.

  • Cornell College is the only school in the nation to have its entire campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • The Sergeant Floyd Monument in Sioux City honors the only man to die during the expedition of Lewis and Clark.

  • Maynard Reece is the only artist to win the Eid stamp contest five times.

  • A life-sized bronze sculpture of a Norwegian immigrant family (circa 1860) is set on a six-acre restored prairie site at the eastern entrance to Lake Mills on Highway 105.

  • Iowa's only functioning antique carousel is located in the city of Story City.

  • Knoxville's National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum is the country's only museum dedicated to preserving the history of the sprint car race.

  • Iowa's only fire tower is in the Yellow River State Forest.

  • Sabula is Iowa's only city on an island.

  • Herbert Hoover, a native West Branch, was the 31st President of the United States and the first born west of the Mississippi.

  • The birthplace of Mamie Doud Eisenhower is located in Boone and includes a restored half-timbered house with summer kitchen and original family furniture.

  • Van Meter is the hometown of baseball's Bob Feller, an Iowa peasant boy who grew up during the Golden Age of baseball with the Cleveland Indians.

  • Born Donnabelle Mullenger in Denison, Oscar winner Donna Reed, began her career at the age of 16.

  • Born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, John Wayne was the son of a pharmacist and grew to become one of Hollywood's most popular movie stars.

  • Meredith Willson, who starred with the famed John Philip Sousa and the New York Philharmonic before launching his career as a famous composer and lyricist, is a native of Mason City.

  • Glenn Miller, famous trombonist and orchestra leader, was born in Clarinda, Southwest Iowa.

  • The city of Fort Atkinson was the site of the only fortress ever built by the US government to protect one Indian tribe from another.

  • Campers and RVs are manufactured in Winnebago County. They are called Winnebago's.

  • Iowa is the only state whose eastern and western borders are 100% water. Rivers Missouri and Mississippi.

  • The tallest double track railway bridge in the world, the Kate Shelley Bridge, is located in Boone.

  • Iowa is the only state name that starts with two vowels.

  • The famous actor John Wayne was born on May 26, 1907 in Winterset.

  • Iowa State University is the oldest state Grant College in the US.

  • Decorah hosts Nordic Fest for a three-day celebration of Decorah's Scandinavian heritage.

  • The National Balloon Museum in Indianola displays more than 200 years of balloon history.

  • Sheldon High School Summer Theater, the only high school repertoire in Iowa and one of the few in the nation, presents a different game for each week in June and July.

  • Ripley's Believe It or Not has named Burlington's Snake Alley the world's crookedest street.

  • Strawberry Point is home to the world's largest strawberry.

  • The smallest city park in the state is located in Hiteman in the middle of the street.

  • Scranton is the oldest working water tower in Iowa.

  • Dubuque is the oldest city in the state.

  • Crystal Lake is home to a statue of the world's largest bullhead.

  • Rathbun Dam and Reservoir is the state's largest body of water.

  • Spirit Lake is the largest glacial lake in the state.

  • West Okoboji is the deepest natural lake in the state. Its depth is 136 feet.

  • Imes Bridge is the oldest of the six bridges in Madison County.

  • Iowa's longest and highest bridge crosses Lake Red Rock.

  • Elk Horn in the largest Danish settlement in the United States.

  • At 25 kilometers East Okoboji is the longest lake in the country.

  • Kalona is the largest Amish community west of the Mississippi.

  • The lowest point of the state (at 480 feet) is in Lee County.

  • The Holliwell Bridge is the longest bridge in Madison County.

  • Francis Drake was 66 years old at his inauguration and Iowa's oldest governor.

  • Iowa's oldest permanent theater is in Story City.

  • The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art houses the largest collection of Grant Wood artworks.

  • Fenlon Place Elevator in Dubuque is the steepest and shortest train in the world.

  • Wright County has the highest percentage of topsoil A in the nation.

  • Quaker Oats in Cedar Rapids is the largest grain company in the world.

  • The St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville is the only basilica in the United States outside of a large metropolitan area.

  • Clarion is the only county seat in the exact center of the county.

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